Burger and a Boddingtons

Polk Street Pub brings uptown bar food downtown.

This time I tried the "pub" fries, and I'm glad I did. They went well with the burger, and they were unbelievably delicious. I asked our server if the pub fries and the sweet potato waffle fries were made in-house. She claimed both were made on the premises. I have spent the better part of 20 years standing next to a fryer. I have worked in bistros where we made our own fries, and I have opened up a bag of just about every type of frozen potato you can buy. If these pub fries are from an original recipe made in the kitchen daily, then they are the best fries I have ever had. They were light, kinda battered but not entirely coated. Extra crispy and seasoned, they were beyond golden, and evenly fried without being oily.

I told my bar mate that if they are making everything from scratch here, this just might be the best pub grub in Houston. And if the staff is just saying yes because they're misinformed or being deceitful, the food is still pretty damn good.

The Dynamo Reuben is a triple-decker.
Troy Fields
The Dynamo Reuben is a triple-decker.

Location Info


Polk Street Pub

1201 San Jacinto
Houston, TX 77002

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Downtown/ Midtown


Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Wings: $8.99

Crab cakes: $12.99

Louisiana Shrimp: $11.99

Black Jack Burger: $12.99

Dynamo Reuben: $9.99

Pub Club: $10.99

Polk Street Pub

1201 San Jacinto and Polk, suite 140, 713-652-4044.

I took a bite of my mate's Pub Club with smoked turkey, bacon and brie. It was a fine club — brie just goes so well with turkey — but I preferred my burger. PSP has brought uptown pub grub to downtown, with well-executed food and a decent line of beers on tap. I would venture to call it a "gastropub," if I was sure what that word meant.

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